Leaked upcoming BlackBerry OS screenshots reveal new features

Summary:News is spreading quickly within the underground BlackBerry community of a leak within Research in Motion, the company that makes the phone, of the latest BlackBerry operating system. Designed for the Curve, the new OS (which has been rumored for some time) could easily be the upcoming release for other models such as the popular Bold.

News is spreading quickly within the underground BlackBerry community of a leak within Research in Motion, the company that makes the phone, of the latest BlackBerry operating system. Designed for the Curve, the new OS (which has been rumored for some time) could easily be the upcoming release for other models such as the popular Bold.

Intrepid student that I am, I downloaded it and installed it on my Curve 8900, and through the perfectly seamless upgrade transition, I have discovered a bunch of new features which not only progresses what these devices can do on a software level, but also show a little more about where RIM is going and the connections it is making with other companies - Google, for example.

To be honest, it's not easy seeing what's new in the settings unless I constantly switch back and forth between the latest released BlackBerry OS and the leaked one. I can't be bothered with that, so some of what you see below may already be old-hat (and evidently, I haven't noticed since owning my phone).

Gallery To see a comprehensive screenshot gallery of the new features and items in the leaked BlackBerry OS 5.0 release, head on over this way.

What is in the new BlackBerry Curve (v5.0.0.130) operating system so far?

  • Today screen: which includes your latest messages, missed calls and your upcoming calendar;
  • Default account management: allowing you to choose service books for specific and priority calendars and message servers;
  • GPS management: including location aiding which bridges location accuracy using the network and easing the burden on the battery without using GPS all the time;
  • New icons: still the same user experience as before so it won't throw you off but more precise icons;

There is no word on when the new operating system will be released, or even if it will indeed be available for current models. It could well be a new operating system for newer models which we have yet to discover, but either way, I'll be keeping my eye out for any more changes or developments.

What do you want to see in the new BlackBerry OS?

Topics: Operating Systems, BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobility, Software

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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